Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE)

History

Started in 1982 as the Sam Agnello Memorial Education Fund, the BioCommunications Association has an established endowment fund, which is used to fund educational projects. It incorporates a portion of the former Bernard Friedman Foundation, which was established to support microscopy. This fund is known as the Endowment Fund for Education (EFFE).

Objectives

The objectives of EFFE are to promote and assist study and research in the field of biological communication by the application of scholarship and grants for such purposes, and to promote the Association as a key source of opportunities for the study and research of visual communication media in the life sciences.

EFFE promotes and assists study and research in the field of biological communication by providing financial support to projects and scholarships approved by the EFFE governing committee.

Awards

The EFFE Committee evaluates the completed applications received within the annual deadline and makes awards based on merit and the availability of funds. These funds are generated from the interest earned from investment of the EFFE principal sum in several financial instruments, most of which are mutual stock funds. A majority of the fund is derived from the generous contributions of BCA members. EFFE funds can only be used for approved educational projects. They can never be used for the operating expenses of the Association. EFFE funds are completely separate from the general operating funds of the BCA.

EFFE Grants are awarded annually based on merit and the availability of funds.

EFFE Scholarships are awarded annually in the form of two $500 scholarships.

BIOCOMM Educational Grants are awarded annually. The objective of this grant is to assist with financial support of BCA members who do not receive funding support from their institution to participate in BCA educational conferences.

EFFE Application Deadlines

EFFE Grant application deadline is February 1.

Please download the EFFE Grant Application and Guidelines PDF which is enabled for electronic completion.

EFFE Scholarship application deadline is February 1.

Please download the EFFE Scholarship Application PDF which is enabled for electronic completion.

Contact the EFFE Committe or Manager of Member Services for more information.

EFFE 2013 Recipients

Read about the EFFE 2013 award recipients.